If you want to change sector, this can seem a daunting task. Community pharmacy practice tends to have a strong focus on public health services, so our public health programmes are likely to be essential. Our Providing NHS and public health pharmacy services pathway pages are a good starting point. Reading our materials on Declaration of Competence will help you plan to demonstrate your existing skills and knowledge. This in turn will build your confidence. You will also need to make sure that you have completed your new medicine service self-declaration and undertaken your repeat dispensing learning. You may also find our self-directed e-course Preparing for community pharmacy practice useful to identify the key topics you need to learn more about when starting in community pharmacy practice.
Hospital pharmacy practice is often seen as more clinically focused, so you may find it useful to explore our Focusing on clinical pharmacy and therapeutics pathway and hospital pharmacy page. Our Optimise programmes are relevant for pharmacy professionals seeking to move to secondary care roles. We also offer a self-directed e-course Orientation to hospital pharmacy which aims to support pharmacy professionals who are starting work in hospital pharmacy practice for the first time.
Exciting career pathways in primary care are advancing and your first essential step would be to complete the e-course, Primary care essentials, which provides an introduction to the fundamentals of new roles for pharmacy professionals in general practice and care homes. More information about learning programmes available to pharmacists working in primary care can be found here. Our extensive portfolio of guides will help to develop your resilience to meet the challenges of working in primary care.
Self-study programmes available as PDFs
Online courses held over a number of weeks, supported by a CPPE tutor
Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures
Programmes for community pharmacy teams
Self-study guides available as PDFs
Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor
Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams
Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself
We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.
Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.
Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.
Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.
Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.